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Jul 19, 2016

TRUCKERS' STRIKE & PROTESTS * Colombia: Too much foreign commercial vehicles

* Bogota - Why Colombia’s truckers are angry

--- For the 13th time in 15 years, Colombia’s truckers went on strike. This time, things have gone violent. Because, according to the protesters, the government has allowed multinational transport companies to flood the country with trucks... The abundance of foreign trucks has virtually eliminated tens of thousands of local truckers’ ability to make a living they way they were able to before... Large transport companies would be able to cover losses for an extended period of time, but individual truckers can not and they are afraid they are purposely being run out of business by the multinationals... According to the truckers, the Transport Ministry even illegally granted 50,000 trucking licenses to befriended companies... The truckers are additionally angry that the government has consistently raised fuel prices when crude oil prices went up, but is refusing to lower gas prices now that crude oil is low... According to the striking truckers, clauses in a controversial free trade agreement with the United States are at the root of what they consider the “monopolization of the economy” ... 
 Bogota, Colombia - Colombia Reports, by Adriaan Alsema - July 17, 2016

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